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Posted: 8/12/2003 5:33:50 PM EDT
I saw a Springfield National Match M1A in a local gunshop for $1,499. Good deal, average deal or not?
Link Posted: 8/12/2003 5:56:14 PM EDT
Sounds like Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price to me.

-- Chuck
Link Posted: 8/12/2003 7:15:20 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Chuck:
Sounds like Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price to me.

-- Chuck



really?
Link Posted: 8/13/2003 1:57:35 PM EDT
If it really is an NM rifle and not just a "Loaded" rifle, it's pretty good. Per the Springfield website:

MSRP:
NA9102 $1995.00
NA9802 $2040.00
Link Posted: 8/13/2003 2:40:32 PM EDT
Why not go to gunbroker.com and see what they are selling for. Most of the M1A's for sale there are by dealers.
Link Posted: 8/13/2003 5:37:03 PM EDT
Pop the barrel-receiver group out of the stock and look at the receiver. If there a large protrusion sticking down into the stock at the rear of the receiver it's a match rifle. Or receiver anyway. The extra (double) lug was an attempt to make the rifle more accurate.

I suspect this is a "loaded" rifle as noted above in which case it's MSRP. Loaded is Springfield Inc. speak for "we don't have many more GI parts and hope you pay extra for these copies."

-- Chuck
Link Posted: 8/16/2003 9:04:56 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/16/2003 9:05:37 AM EDT by martinmayhem]
I went back and looked at the rifle this morning. I had the price wrong. It was actually marked $1,399. The barrel was marked .308 NM. I didn't take the gun apart. The rifle was previously owned and the sticker said less than 100 rounds through it. It was in very nice shape. Not sure if I am going to talk myself into it or not.
Link Posted: 8/18/2003 3:36:53 PM EDT
If it's a real NM it will should have a stainless steel barrel and a bedded stock. There is a possibility that the barrel is chrome molly so it will look like a standard barrel. Check the sights to see if they are the match grade ones.
Link Posted: 8/18/2003 3:56:19 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/18/2003 4:08:42 PM EDT
www.springfield-armory.com/prod-rifles-national.shtml

The SS bbl is a factory $45 option.
Link Posted: 8/18/2003 4:54:51 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/18/2003 5:07:11 PM EDT
Check the rear sight...if it's got a small peep sight with a sunshade-like thing on it, it's a NM, basically, if it has an NM barrel. If it has a standard peep sight, it's a loaded model. (If the rear sight apature looks like a Garand, that is, it's not a true NM)

I have a Super-Match...didn't even know it until I checked the rear sight and some other things, and then called Springfield to find out exactily WTF I just bought. If you're really wondering, jot down the serial and call Springfield; they'll tell you, assuming it's all factory original.
Link Posted: 8/19/2003 2:21:23 PM EDT
The rifle did have the peep sight and did not have a stainless barrel. I thought I would go to the Indianapolis gun show this weekend to do some comparison in price and setup. It looks like a very nice gun, just not sure about spending the $ for it at this time unless it's an unbeatable deal.
Link Posted: 8/19/2003 11:50:32 PM EDT
$ 1399 isn't that bad of a deal if the rifle is already glass bedded and has real match sights installed.

SA inc " NM " is not lugged and can be either chrome moly or stainless med weight NM barrel.

SA Inc " Super Match " is lugged and uses a Heavy Match barrel.
Link Posted: 8/20/2003 2:00:39 PM EDT
Write down the SN, call or email Springfield Armory to know exactly what model it is.

I was looking at an M1A dubbed by the owner/seller as an NM. But SA informed me that it was not, it had a NM barrel, but that's it.
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